How I Faced my Mental Illness with Faith and Now Work to End the Stigma (Feature)

It’s Mental Health Awareness month and I want to share an article that I wrote about my faith and mental health journey and how God helped me to fight to end the stigma surrounding mental illness. Please see below for a snippet of the article:

“Last year I had to do one of the hardest things in my life. I had to accept an untimely diagnosis which changed my life forever. On January 4th, 2021, I had a severe manic episode which led to my hospitalization. I was frantic, speaking rapidly, and I had a lot of energy after getting two hours of sleep per night. Although I felt like I could conquer the world at the time, my family members knew that something was wrong.

After being released from the hospital, I got diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder and had to face a new reality. I had to not only navigate having a mental illness, I also had to get used to a new level of functionality. To say that it was difficult to receive that diagnosis would be the understatement of the year. I was terrified and disappointed when the doctor gave me the news. I didn’t know what to think and I knew my life would never be the same.”

To read the full article, visit Iridescent Women:

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